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AAPM/Academy’s Council of Early Career Investigators Opportunity CECI2

The Science Council sponsors this exceptional opportunity administered by the Research Committee to support up to two early-career research-oriented AAPM members to become members of the Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI2). CECI2 membership includes a year of virtual meetings and possible fully-sponsored in-person attendance at the Medical Imaging Technology Showcase (MedTech), a series of advocacy meetings and NIH events over three days in Washington, DC (TBD Spring 2025). CECI2 is a program hosted and organized by the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research (the Academy).

CECI2 includes two levels of membership:

Level 1 membership will engage participants in a digital setting through a variety of webinars, discussions, and workshops with academic Chairs, NIH Program Staff, and industry and society partners, focused on advocacy, NIH funding, mock NIH study sessions, grant application and resubmission, and career development. The Academy estimates that Level 1 programming and participation will last six to eight months and begin in Fall 2024.

Level 2 membership will include invited participants from Level 1, and offer an opportunity for in-person AAPM-sponsored travel to and participation in the Academy’s Medical Imaging Technology Showcase, Congressional Events and NIH Meetings. In order to be considered for Level 2 participation, investigators will be chosen from Level 1 by an internal Advisory Council based on meeting a number of benchmarks associated with their Level 1 participation – these criteria will ensure that investigators are highly engaged and motivated throughout the virtual programming of Level 1.

Testimonials from 2022-23 AAPM CECIs can be found here, and more information on the program can be found here. Please note that AAPM internal application deadline differs from the date posted on the Academy site.  AAPM review team will submit up to (2) nominations to the Academy.


  1. Post-doctoral fellow, diagnostic or nuclear medicine medical physics resident or fellow, or junior faculty member (i.e. no more than 10 years after post-graduate training and no prior substantial grant-funding as a PI).
  2. Research focus must be in radiology or biomedical imaging.
  3. Must be a member of AAPM in good standing at the time of application (any membership category) and maintain membership for the duration of the participation period. Pending membership status is not acceptable.
  4. Due to the program's focus on US government advocacy, international applicants may only be considered if their primary residence or physical work address is within the United States. 

Required Supporting Material:

  1. Please download the Nomination Form. Have your nominator complete it for you to upload with your application.
  2. Cover letter outlining why you wish to attend this event, including information about how it fits into your professional goals.
  3. Abbreviated CV (5 pages max).
  4. For residents and fellows, a letter from your supervisor your ability to attend, if selected.
  5. Two letters of support (one from your supervisor or department Chair), maximum two pages each.
  6. A short descriptions of your research in layman terms (1-page-minimum). You will potentially be discussing these topics in Congressional meetings on Capitol Hill, and much of your target audience will have a non-scientific background.
  7. CECIs meet with representatives from NIH Institutes and Centers. Please indicate which Institutes and Centers you would be interested in visiting and why.

Award Duration: September 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025
Application Deadline: July 19, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Recipient(s) notified by: August 30, 2024

Please note:

  • This is a competitive opportunity, one or up to two applicants may be selected.
  • Any number of candidates may apply or be nominated from a single academic department. But if two participants are ultimately selected, they will NOT be from the same academic institution.
  • AAPM assumes all candidates are available to be fully engaged in both Level 1 programming and, if selected, Level 2 in-person programming.

Sponsored by AAPM’s Science Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund

Program Contact: Shana Donchatz

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